Birch’s Views of Philadelphia

The City of Philadelphia
in the State of Pennsylvania
North America
as it appeared in the Year 1800

consisting of Twenty-Eight plates

Drawn and Engraved by W. Birch & Son

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Inside Cover Introduction
The City and Port of Philadelphia on the River Delaware from Kensington Plan of the City of Philadelphia
Arch Street Ferry Arch Street with the Second Presbyterian Church
New Lutheran Church, in Fourth Street Old Lutheran Church, in Fifth Street
South East Corner of Third and Market Streets High Street, with the First Presbyterian Church
High Street Market High Street, from the Country Market-place with the procession in commemoration of the Death of General George Washington,
December 26th, 1799
High Street, from Ninth Street The House intended for the President of the United States,
in Ninth Street
An Unfinished House, in Chesnut Street Second Street North from Market St. with Christ Church
New Market, in South Second Street Bank of the United States, in Third Street
View in Third Street, from Spruce Street Library and Surgeons Hall, in Fifth Street
Congress Hall and New Theatre, in Chesnut Street State-House, with a view of Chesnut Street
Back of the State House State-House Garden
Goal, in Walnut Street Alms House, in Spruce Street
Pennsylvania Hospital, in Pine Street Bank of Pennsylvania, South Second Street
The Water Works, in Centre Square Preparation for War to Defend Commerce
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